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February 10th, 2016

You Don’t Know Jack… about Lent


What is Lent? What are the three practices the Church suggests we do during Lent based on the teachings of Jesus? Why do Catholics eat fish on Fridays and why is it called “Good” Friday, anyway? Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, is once again hitting the streets, this time on Ash Wednesday near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, asking these questions and more.

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  • Sage

    lent, it means so many different thing to many different people. Some people take up something, some give up. It is 40 days of reflection to the celebration of greatest event in the history of humanity, the resurrection of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. The one who did not know sin became sin for us and bore our iniquities and our punishment. Think about it, really think about it. His grace, It will humble you to your deepest core

  • skines44@yahoo.com

    Can someone please provide any basis from the Scriptures for Lent?

    • http://www.facebook.com/wdonovan3 Wally Donovan

      Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before his temptation… Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13)

      • skines44@yahoo.com

        ok…..there are many things that Jesus did that He did not command us to do. Without being argumentative, I would say that if emulating Christ is the goal, then you would say that we should fast for 40 days, right?  Not just give up fried food, or alcohol for that period, because Jesus did not just select a couple of things to do without, he did not eat at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marty.brinsko Marty Brinsko

    So cool–I love the down-to-earth approach of Fr. Jack!

  • Bhanu

    i saw you on twitter, asnikg this question. It made me smile because that’s exactly what i’m trying to do, to start a bit of conversation around this topic rather than having to be the conversation. Historically, the idea is fasting, of giving up something that feeds us for the sake of better listening to God. Giving up a favorite food, for example, so that the appetite serves as a prompt to listen to God to meet our appetites. There is, of course, also the element of purification, of punishment almost. And you are right, Rich, by asnikg whether giving up something that is not healthy counts as sacrifice. But there is in Lent room for creativity, I think. And while giving up something we are addicted to isn’t actually giving up anything, I think that it still can be worthy of a lenten pursuit. Each time I think about worrying, for example if I go to God and say, Well? that is a sacrifice. And I just had to do that.

  • George Kotowicz

    Jesus spent most of his time meeting with people where they were. Perhaps it’s not such a bad idea for today’s church to go outv to the people. Maybe, if people knew that the church was there for them, they might feel more welcome in the churches.

  • Roaming Catholic

    Is he really going around ashing people in stores? What happened to liturgical context?

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